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the mourners as the bodies of the u.s. ambassador and others killed in libya return to the united states. and mitt romney ramps up his criticism of the president again as the latest polls show him falling behind in several crucial states. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> but we begin with these live pictures. look at this. this is tahrir square in cairo. these are live pictures coming in not far from the united states embassy. once again, the protests escalating even as we speak. earlier in the day it had been relatively -- keyword, relatively, quiet. now seems to be escalating for some reason. our own ben wedeman is on the ground for us. we're going to be going to him shortly. at the same time as these scenes are unfolding, there also have been frightening scenes of violence and hatred directed at the united states and others around the region. it's spreading. and u.s. officials are very worried. sources tell me they're especially concerned about today's penetration of the united states embassy in tunisia and the reports that the american school was actually burned.
of violence will shake the resolve of the united states of america. >> good morning. it is thursday, september 13th. welcome to "morning joe." with us on set, national affairs editor for "new york" magazine, john heilman, richard haass. and in washington, nbc chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of "andrea mitchell reports," andrea mitchell. >> we have so much to talk about this morning. of course breaking news overnight. >> yeah. >> we, of course, have been focused on libya. yesterday we were focused on the political scrap that was taking place while we had chaotic situations across the globe. >> i'd say it was more than a scrap. >> i think it was a terrible moment, maybe a defining moment in the campaign, of course what's going on in egypt right now. is equally troubling. and i suspect that when the streets clear, perhaps the most troubling aftereffect of this will be what has not been said by the muslim brotherhood or the leaders of egypt. this morning we'll have to get to that later because this morning more breaking news. now out of yemen. >> yep. witnesses say hundreds of demonst
of pressure when it comes to this. not only from the united states, but also from its own people. now, whether these people that are detained are really involved in the attack or have links to this extremist group is something that we'll have to see and see what kind of reaction we see from the extremists too. >> do we have any idea if they're related or affirmative actionated with al qaeda? there's a lot of talk about that yesterday, the possibility that that was the organization. >> not much has been revealed by the government by this group, but what we do know, suzanne, is this is not an isolated incident. over the past few months we have seen an uptick in similar attacks targeting western interests. the u.s. consulate itself was targeted in an attack back in june when a bomb detonated outside the embassy. those attacks taken place in benghazi was targeted by a extremist group, it was called the brigades. this is a true al qaeda group. we also do know that there are groups with links direct links to al qaeda that operate in the eastern part of the country. >> what is the security situation
, was an apology according to mitt romney and put at the feet of the president of the united states by mitt romney says in part that the embassy in cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of muslims as we ken dumb efforts to offend believers of all religions. today the anniversary of september 11th americans are honoring our patriots those that serve our nation is the fitting democracy. respect is a cornerstone of american democracy and reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others. this was released by the embassy in cairo apparently without washington's approval six hours before the protests. not as an apology for the protests or explanation or response. you've been in embassies around the world, top levels of the state department in washington, first of all, do the press officers at embassies have the authority to release a statement like that if intelligence and other information indicates that they may be experiencing protests? >> they certainly do. we have one of the most
of countries is holding the iranian government accountable. the united states will do what we must to prevent iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. >> the president's speeches at the u.n. and the clinton global initiative put him on the stage. jessica, there was tough talk on iran. the president seemed to counter some of the remarks made by president ahmadinejad, who, for all intents and purposes, could be the last time he's in the united states as a member of the general alembssembassembly. what was the line the president took on iran? >> he took a tough line. this is an existential fight on israel. he said time is not unlimited for the world to stop iran from pursuing nuclear ambitions. weapons ambitions. he said that the u.s. will do what it must to stop it. another way of saying, indirectly, that all options are on the table. he's effectively taking the sam stance he gave earlier this year. but, he didn't go -- didn't go further and draw any red lines or new lines which is what the romney campaign was calling on him to do. it would be astonishing if he would do that at this stage, only fo
the region the united states shut many diplomatic facilities because friday prayers often fueled mob rage. some of the ugliest violence, thou though, is in pakistan. in peshawar, protesters set fire to two movie theaters. joining us live from islamabad with more, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. a national holiday, a day to show your love for the approvest muhammad. it turned out to be a day where many pakistanis showed their anger against america, demonstrations in every major city in pakistan and sometimes it got very violent. one news van driver in the city of peshawar shot and killed. here in the capital of islamabad, protests are dying down. here is what it looked like earlier today. friday prayers have just concluded. what we're seeing are some of the largest and most intense protests yet here in pakistan. now what you see over there are shipping containers. police are using them to block off the path to the diplomatic enclave. that's where the foreign embassies are, u.s. embassy, french embassy. now what you seem to have here is some people urging protesters to rush
the united states to take a tougher stand against iran over its nuclear program. >> to ease tension he spoke for an hour with benjamin netanyahu. >> the world says wait there's still time. i say wait for what. >> flash floods, knocked out power to thousands in las vegas. >> oh, wow. oh, my goodness, guys. >> here we go. >> downtown l.a. when a chase came to a dramatic end between officers and the armed shootout. >> could kate be pregnant? she was toasting with water not wine. >> whoa. he got the ball. >> i know. >> this guy needs to be moved to a home. >> tell me what oprah smells like. >> smells like diamonds. >> let the buzz begin. apple is set to announcement the latest version of the iphone 5 today. >> enjoy those last five hours before your current iphone stucks. captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to cbs "this morning." angry dispute over insulting islam's central figure. protesters burned down the american consulate in benghazi, libya. >> libyan officials say it killed the u.n. ambassador to libya and three of his staff. holly williams is in antakya, turkey. >> reporter: the ambassad
does. at a meeting monday, mahmood ahmadinejad accused the united states of backing what he called a fake regime in israel, and that led to a walkout by israel's u.n. ambassador. >>> also monday, a wide-ranging interview with us, we asked him about the threat of an attack on iran's nuclear facilities and how his country would respond. would you retaliate against the united states if there's an attack by israel on iran? >> translator: well, by the principle of it, i don't take the threat serious. >> they're bluffing? >> translator: we don't even take them into account. i would like to ask, who's subservient to whom, the zionist to the united states government or the united states government to the zionist? >> you said that israel has no historical roots in the middle east, and the white house has now called that statement by you disgusting, offensive, and outrageous. would you like to apologize? >> translator: do they have roots? if they have roots, then just say they have roots. we don't have to fight over it. what should i apologize for? this is a technical and scientific fact, st
from the united states. what's your red line with iran? >> my red line is iran may not have a nuclear weapon. iran is a nuclear nation, is unacceptable to the united states of america. >> president obama said exactly the same thing. he said it's unacceptable for iran to have a nuclear weapon. your red line is the same as his. >> i laid out what i would do to keep iran from reaching that red line. i said that crippling sanctions needed to be put in place immediately. that combined with standing up with iranian dissidents. the president was silent when dissidents took to the streets of tehran, the president was silent. in addition, i think ahmadinejad should have been indicted for incitation to genocide. >> but your red line going forward is the same? >> yes, and recognize that when one says that it's unacceptable to the united states of america, that that means what it says. >> you mentioned president obama's likability. we had a poll question this week, asking who would you rather have dinner with. right now, president obama is beating you by about 19 points on that. try and convince
is suspending joint missions between the united states soldier and afghan soldiers with a growing number of insider attacks. what does this mean for the end of the war? or the war now? we have details from the pentagon. and the attack on diplomatic missions across the middle east putting foreign policy on the campaign trail controversial. the potential impact on the undecided voters coming up. a study suggests letting your kid take the occasional sip of alcohol may really not be the best way to stop your child from becoming a heavy drinker later on. that is all ahead unless breaking news changes everything. this is "studio b." but, first, from fox at 3:00 in new york city, the race if the white house. the republican presidential nominee, mitt romney, is responding today to a video shot in may during a private fundraiser. an attendee secretly recorded and it gave it to the liberal website "mother jones." in the video, he touches on everything from foreign policy to the economy. at one point he calls president obama supporters "people who are dependent upon the government who believe they
of the united states. >> now to christiane amanpour. i spoke to her earlier. >> he's been described in california real estate. he describes himself as an israeli. he's talked publicly since going into hiding. he says islam is a cancer. he said this was a deliberately provocative film to show that muhammad is a fraud. the film showed him as a pedophile, a womanizer, a thug. it basically denigrated him. you can't cry fire in a crowded theater. so now, one has to really try to figure out the extremists in this country and the extremists out there, who is using this and whipping up hatred. >> one of the things we're seeing now is the consequences of more freedom in the middle east. >> yes, more freedom. i have spoke on the the prime minister of egypt and the new leader of libya. they want good relations with the united states. while this film was kind of hidden in the internet until it got an arabic subtitle and sound track, then it back popular. local imams whipped up fervor. >> the current regimes don't have the control. >> they do and they don't. in egypt, there's a military, a polic
the united states. the only time i've ever had a break is when i was on maternity leave. i have retired from doing this one thing that i loved. now, i'm going to be able to have the time to explore something different. it's like another chapter. jon: right now the fbi is rolling out a one billion dollar facial recognition system. this high-tech program has been undergoing testing since february. it compiles mug shots, iris scans and more and it is finally said to be ready for launch much. julie banderas is following this story from our new york newsroom. tell us about it, julie? >> reporter: the fbi is revealing its next generation if you will effort to weed out the bad guys. as you mentioned one billion dollars. they put it to the test so far in several states since february. the facial recognition system compiles mug shots, dna information, iris scans and voice recognition, which matches surveillance images with photos of known criminals to help agents better identify and catch suspects. the system works in two ways. it can compare an image to the fbi's massive database of mug shots to pin
to anybody -- >> who? >> barack obama, the president of the united states. >> because romney did at a really opportune time. >> but he's going to all of these places, no time for netanyahu, but time for "the view," time for -- >> no time for netanyahu. >> that was good. >> i know. i know. >> wally from "leave it to beaver" was in that. >> was jerry mathers. >> no, that was the beave. >> asked about the newly released tax returns. >> all right. >> take a look. >> governor romney on "60 minutes" was asked, does he think it's fair that he pays a lower tax rate than somebody who is making $50,000 a year? and he said yes. i think it's fair and i also think that's the way you get economic growth. i've got a different vision about the way we grow an economy. i think you grow the economy from the middle out not from the top down. >> let me ask you, jon meacham, do you think the president was more presidential on the view or on "entertainment tonight"? >> i think "the view." >> clearly. love the view. >> there's this long tradition of this. remember -- >> fdr on "the view." >> fdr was actually on "in
of state tonight. addresses the united nations tomorrow. but he's also made some time in his very busy schedule to tape an appearance on "the view." not necessarily everyone is all that happy about that. let's bring in our chief white house correspondent, jessica yellin. give us a little background here. >> reporter: hi, wolf. not everyone is happy because he's not taking any sitdown meetin with other heads of state, including with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. the two leaders aren't even in new york city at the same time. the president is making this one a very quick trip before he hits the campaign trail again. heading into a big week, president obama was asked if he's under pressure from israel's prime minister to step up his efforts against iran. he told cbs -- >> i am going to block out any noise that's out there. >> reporter: the romney campaign bounced, accusing the president of a chronic disregard for the security of israel. and he's taking heat for this, too. the president arrived in new york a day ahead of his big speech to the united nations. and he sat down for
minister, who is determined to show he's cooperating with the united states. he says more arrests will follow. meanwhile, two u.s. destroyers have been positioned off the coast of libya and an elite team of 50 u.s. marines has arrived here in tripoli to guard the u.s. embassy and to assess security. nonessential personnel have been evacuated to germany. the mood here on the streets, calm but tense. people here coming up to us, and saying, please tell the people in america we are so sorry. now, let's turn to my colleague, martha raddatz, with more on what we are learning about security that night. >> reporter: jeffrey, this new view of the consulate where that five-hour attack raged shows few signs of security before the attack. the small guard shack, just inside the compound, easily breached. cutting a clear path to the main building where two americans were killed. two others were killed in the house used as a safe haven, including at least one former navy s.e.a.l. >> we did evaluate the threat stream and we determined that the security at benghazi was appropriate for what we kne
. in the corner there, that is the street that leads to the united states embassy. and for the last hour or so, we've been seeing egyptian security guards firing tear gas at protesters trying to keep them away from the embassy walls. a very similar scene going -- taking place right now in the city of yemen in the capital of yemen, where protesters even managed to breach the compound walls. >> reporter: another assault on a u.s. embassy, this time in yemen. protesters threw stones at the embassy walls in the capital. they climbed the gate, set fire, and raised posters denouncing a once obscure u.s.-based internet movie that portrays the prophet mohammed. personnel in yemen were reportedly moved to a secure location. in cairo, more clashes, but this time, it's egyptian security pushing back. they fired tear gas to drive protesters away from the u.s. embassy in cairo. and the new egyptian president rejected violence against u.s. diplomats in a televised statement and said he told that to president obama in a phone call this morning. wednesday night in an interview with telemundo, the president was as
, or is this something much deeper, a long simmering distrust of the united states? >> it's all the above. it's much long-simmering resentment of the united states. it has some legitimate reasons, but it's essentially a pretext, and it is not really about religion. it's about politics and world power. it's about what's taking place in these countries that are going through a tremendous complex, painful transition. take egypt, for instance, extremists and islamists with different interpretations of islam competing with the mainstream islamist group in egypt which is the muslim brotherhood. >> right. >> they whipped up frenzy against the movie initially, and then the president, who is very cynical, was looking to protect his flanks so he called for more monstrations instead of containing the demonstrations or condemning them so what you have is a competition in egypt as to who is going to shape the future of egypt, and using this movie as a pretext. >> which raised the question. is this about the united states really a all, or is this about uncertainty in these people's own futures and their religious lead
is not a challenge that can be contained. it will threaten the elimination of israel. the united states will do what we must to prevent iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: after his remarks, he crossed town to the clinton global initiative where he addressed an issue with potential appeal to evangelical and women voters, human sex trafficking. >> that's slavery. it is barbaric and it is evil and it has no place in a civilized world. >> reporter: wolf, on other top foreign policy concerns, he addressed the crisis in syria, he mentioned the withdrawal of troops from iraq and the draw down from afghanistan and the trouble between israel and the palestinians. but that was all. he essentially was checking the box on all those fronts. and no mention at all of china. in essence, wolf, this was a speech about the two crises that have consumed foreign policy discussion during the u.s. campaign. the tension between israel and iran and now this most recent crisis in libya, wolf. >> with six weeks to go until the election, jessica, tomorrow i take it he's right back out there in the swing states
of the united states. i've got a very effective campaign doing a very good job, but not everything i say is elegant and i want to make it very clear, i want to help 100% of the people. >> dave: he followed up by saying, you know, you didn't totally answer that question, but to romney's point. do you need a complete change of direction or turn around or campaign better and minimize mistake. comes down to debate. october 3rd the big first debate. >> and like that he addressed the 47%, hey, i wasn't an elegant speaker and i do want to help all americans. >> clayton: now more on that, and could it come down to foreign policy? we'll ask chris wallace about that coming up in a little bit. the number of able bodied americans on food stamps has doubled as president obama changed to welfare reform law. how can it be a fair and balanced debate. >> not so sweet 16. thousands of teenagers showing up and reuting in the streets. ahead. ♪ ♪ where's the party, i want to free my soul ♪ ♪ where's the party, i want to lose control ♪ ♪ where's the party (car horn) paying with your smartphone ins
the united states, calling for more democracy. now, there is an ongoing clash here as some demonstrators are trying to attract u.s. embassy, which is right on the edge of this square and you can see fear gas being fired from egyptian security forces trying to keep the demonstrators away from the u.s. embassy wall. a similar scene today in yemen, as an angry mob attacked the u.s. embassy compound in the city of sanaa a state department official says that all u.s. personnel that the embassy in sanaa have been accounted for and appear to be safe. another assault on a u.s. embassy, this time in yemen. protesters threw stones at the embassy walls in the capital, sanaa. they climbed the gate, set fires, and raised posters denouncing a once-obscure u.s.-based internet movie that portrays the prophet mohammed. personnel in yemen were reportedly moved to a secure location. in cairo, more clashes, but this time, it's egyptian security pushing back. they fired tear gas to drive protesters away from the u.s. embassy in cairo. and the new egyptian president rejected violence against u.s. diplomats in
. thank you. >>> the bodies of the four am in the united states. u.s. marines saluted the coffins at andrews air base. those killed were ambassador chris ste vaccines, first ambassador killed in the line of duty in 33 years. navy s.e.a.l.s tyrone woods and glenn dougherty and sean smith. third coffins arrived on friday. at the memorial service both secretary of state hillary clinton and president obama spoke about putting an end to the violence. >> it is senseless, and it is totally unacceptable. the people of egypt, libya, yemen and tunisia did not trade the tyranny of a dictator for a tyranny of a mob. >> we will bring to justice those who took them from us. we will stand fast against the violence on our diplomatic missions. we will continue to do everything in our power to protect americans serving overseas -- >> u.s. embassies around the world issued alerts advising americans to review their security measures. for more we turn to margaret brennan. what are american embassies doing at this point? >> they are pretty much on lock down. you have a real focus on securing the perime
by how scared the president of the united states looked, how disoriented he looked, how it seemed like they did not know where they were going. and i just want to do a hat tip right here, which, again, in this environment you probably aren't supposed to do. you know what? while george bush looked scared and disoriented that day, that day only, rudy giuliani stepped up. and he became america's mayor on that day. and he kept people advised of what was going on and was a great leader for that time. >> it was one of the great acts of spiritual and popular leadership that we'll ever see. and, you know, mayor giuliani is a big churchillian. but he was reading and looking at in those days and weeks a book by john lucash called "five days of may" in may of 1940 between churchill and chamberlain and halifax. and it was a marvelous case of leadership of being there. >> well, and like churchill and we're not comparing him to churchill, but for that time, though, like churchill, part of it was leadership, part of it was a great act. telling people, and by the way, that's what kept the british peop
judicious in what you say. anytime you run for the president of the united states, you are on. >>> jesse ventura is floating the idea he may run for president. he mentioned radio host howard stern as a possible running mate for an independent ticket. >>> orrin hatch of utah is being called an old guy by his opponent. the 80-year-old hatch might retire or die before his term is through. the hatch campaign called the comments outrageous and offensive. >>> blt steak is running a presidential poll based on burger orders to be decided in two weeks. the mitt romney burger features a utah style and the other has kobe beef hawaiian style. >>> mr. obama talked about the florida pizza ria owner who lifted him off the ground in a bear hug last week. remember that? the president said quote, i think he fixed something in my back. that's your morning dish of scrambled politics. >>> here is your "first look" at how wall street is going to kick off. the dow closed at 13,564 after adding 11 points yesterday. the s&p lost one. nasdaq was down a fraction. in tokyo, the nikkei jumped over 108 points. it was
. they say they want good relations with the united states. but what's happening here is deliberate provocation, at a transitional time. so, while this film came out, and was kind of hidden in the internet, blogosphere for a while, until it got an arabic subtitle, an arabic soundtrack. then it became prominent. and local imams started to whip up the fervor again. >> and they don't have the same kind of control. >> they do and they don't. there's police out there and still standing. in libya, it's slightly more chaotic, still, in terms of bringing militants in and arrange the full security process there. but this is something that really has to be watched as we go forward because there is a transition. and by and large, it's pro-american in that region. >> christiane amanpour, thank you very much. >>> george, let's get to the other story breaking overnight. record rains and flash flooding in the southwest. homes have been evacuated. dozens of people have been had to be rescued from the roofs of their cars. ginger zee is watching it all. >> the one behind me from las vegas. that's veg
economy and lack of job creation here in the united states. there has been lots of talk to, patti ann, in the past 24 hours about president obama beginning to open up a lead nationally and in a lot of battleground states on governor romney and that republicans are very worried what may happen in the next few weeks. watch for the romney campaign to really begin to step it up this week. patti ann. patti ann: we have a lot more on the latest polls and the campaign. john roberts live in colorado, thank you. jon: new controversy surrounding the so-called redistribution speech, the one then state senator barack obama gave back in 1998. "the daily caller" has obtained the full audio recording and in it mr. obama not only said he favored spreading the wealth he weighed in on the bipartisan welfare reform newt gingrich and president clinton hammered out saying quote, i did not entirely agree with and probably would have voted against at the federal level but one good thing that comes out of it, it essentially deseg a gates the welfare population. now you just have one batch of folks that is in
political debates in the united states. >> it sure has. we begin with the race for the white house as it's now a sprint. only 59 days are left until the election. president obama was hoping for a post convention bounce. but the disappointing unemployment numbers may get in the way of that. both president obama and mitt romney are back on the campaign trail today and up employment remains at the top of the agenda. nancy cordes is traveling with the president in seminole, florida. nancy, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, anthony. the president will be campaigning all weekend long in vote rich central florida while governor romney is in virginia. both candidates are talking about that new jobs report. as you might imagine, the two men see it very differently. the president hit the campaign trail with vice president biden and their wives for the first time this campaign season. he told voters in iowa city that the drop in the unemployment rate from 8.3% to 8.1 was a good sign. >> we can do better. we need to create jobs even faster. we need to fill the hole left by this recessi
season in the united states, and president obama in a sense because it is so delicate is not going to be meeting with other leaders. hillary clinton will, and she has a lot of very specific things that she wants to discuss with him. >> and she has a lot of clout as well. jill dougherty, thank you. good to see you, as always. as we mention, the clinton global initiative is coinciding with the u.n. general assembly. one of the controversial speakers that we anticipate, of course, the iranian president who will be speaking on wednesday, diplomatic relations with iran at an all-time low now. canada even closed its embassy calling iran and its ties to terror the most significant threat to global security today. our piers morgan spoke with the running president mahmoud ahmadinejad. he asked what he thought of the death of osama bin laden. >> were you pleased that osama bin laden was killed by american movie seals on the instructions of president obama? >> i would have been happier to see a transparent trial, a formal trial, and find out the root causes of all of the events of the last fe
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